The Shadow Over England: H.P. Lovecraft and the Conflict between Civilization and Savagery

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, born 130 years ago on August 20 and dead only 46 years later, continues to be one of the most prominent American writers of horror fiction, and his ideas form a key part of popular culture. Along with fiction, rock music, and numerous films, at least 60 video games have shown the influence of his work. One reason for this is doubtless that the major themes of his “weird tales,” although superficially fantastic, were not so far from human realities which persist to this day.

Lovecraft’s work was undoubtedly influenced by his own personal experiences with mental health problems. When he was only two years old, his father, Winfield Scott Lovecraft, was institutionalized for mental problems apparently caused by syphilis, and five years later died in the institution. When Lovecraft was twenty-eight his mother Sarah Susan was committed to the same hospital and died there two years later. It has never been specified exactly what her condition was, although a neighbor recalled that she had spoken of seeing “weird and fantastic creatures.”

H. P. Lovecraft himself suffered from health problems which were never entirely understood. He was taken out of school several times in his youth, and at one point before graduating high school in 1908 he experienced what he described as a “nervous collapse.” He later wrote in a letter that he was still plagued by “intense headaches, insomnia, and general nervous weakness which prevents my continuous application to any thing.”

It is likely that he inherited a predisposition for mental illness from his mother. Considering this, it is easy to see how he developed an interest in some of the persistent themes in his work. Many of his characters lose their sanity, but mental illness is also analagous to two other connected themes in his work — inherited evils, which often persist over many generations and the conflict between civilization and savagery, both of which end in tragedy. Lovecraft’s focus on these themes can also be read as a comment on race and ethnicity. Although Lovecraft identified more with Anglo-Americans and the British than with the White race as a whole, his concerns were similar to many intellectuals of his generation concerned about immigration and culminating in the 1924 immigration restriction law. His concerns resonate with the racial tension experienced today by many White Americans and Europeans, who see their society as under long-term threat by backward outsiders.

These should be familiar to racially conscious readers today. Our society suffers from a multi-generational affliction which leads it to disregard the natural boundaries between groups of people. The results have already been tragic, eroding civilization and enabling barbarism.

“Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family” deals with a man whose ancestors have had an unusual appearance for several generations, as well as cases of insanity, severe disabilities and violence, including murder. Ultimately he discovers the cause — he is the descendant of a union between a man and an ape. The revelation drives him to suicide.

“The Rats in the Walls” deals with a man named Delapore who through a tragic fire is deprived of a sealed envelope from his father which was meant to inform him of a family secret. Three hundred years before, his ancestor Walter had murdered his entire immediate family; they had been so hated that he was able to escape punishment entirely. The cause of this crime, though, was still unknown.

The contemporary Delapore becomes curious about the house in which his ancestors lived and eventually leads a team of investigators into a hidden cavern beneath the cellar. He discovers that his ancestors had for centuries maintained an entire city of human cattle – people raised to be eaten. Some of them had even devolved to the point of walking on all fours. Walter’s crime, although it had led to the starvation of these people, had been excused because he had put a stop to the crimes of their masters.

Delapore is called into the darkness by the imagined sound of rats. He has increasingly strange and disjointed thoughts, and soon reverts to savagery. He attacks one of the party members and begins eating him, uttering a mix of human languages and gibberish, before being taken to an insane asylum. Those who take him away are heard whispering something about his “heredity,” as if he still carries a cannibal gene.

“The Dunwich Horror” deals with the two sons conceived by a monstrous alien creature, Yog-Sothoth, with a deformed human woman. One son, Wilbur, has grown to adulthood at more than twice the normal rate, and is widely shunned due to his animalistic appearance and terrible smell. His brother is invisible, but perpetually growing, feeding on live cattle until he fills the entire house in which he has been kept. It is implied that he even devours his mother. While attempting to break into a library to steal a magical spell book, Wilbur is killed by a guard dog; the animal is enraged by his strange odor. The invisible creature ultimately destroys the house and goes on a rampage, killing several families before being brought down through magical means.

All of the above deal with the degeneration of human beings to a more primitive level, and characterize the resulting barbarism as genetic. The Shadow Over Innsmouth, one of Lovecraft’s few book-length works, makes a similar point, but presents this as a deliberate attempt by an alien group to assimilate human beings into their society.

Innsmouth locals pursuing the main character in The Shadow Over Innsmouth (artist’s impression). Image credit: Joshua Hoffine, 2015.

Innsmouth is the fictional name given to a declining fishing village in Massachusetts. The narrator is on a visit to investigate his family history, but immediately finds something strange about the inhabitants. He ultimately learns that almost no one in the town is entirely human. His great-great-grandfather Obed Marsh established a cult which offered human sacrifices to a race of amphibious creatures known as the Deep Ones in exchange for delicious fish and exotic jewelry, which the impoverished town greatly desired. When the police arrested the cult members, the Deep Ones attacked the town and slaughtered much of the population, so the survivors agreed to continue the sacrifices. They also agreed to breed with the Deep Ones once they learned that this would make their descendants nearly immortal.

The result of this miscegenation is that, while usually born with a human appearance, the townspeople gradually change over the course of their lives to resemble the monstrous fish-like Deep Ones, and finally join them to live under the sea. The narrator ultimately realizes that the same is happening to him, as he is a descendant of Obed Marsh and a Deep One wife. His uncle Douglas had committed suicide to escape this fate, and he considers the same course of action. But like the townsfolk, he comes to accept his future under the sea, and even plans to bring his similarly transfigured cousin with him.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward deals with a long-term curse perpetuated by those who are not physically alien, but only morally inhuman. Still, they manage to reach across many generations to bring disaster on the protagonist. It is the story of a young man by the same name who becomes obsessed with a distant ancestor by the name of Joseph Curwen. Curwen, unbeknownst to Ward, had committed many atrocities including torture and murder in a quest to resurrect the long-dead and extract information from them. Two other necromancers also worked with Curwen on this project and have somehow managed to survive through the intervening years until the time in which the story is set.

Before his own death, Curwen had made arrangements to magically influence subsequent generations so that one of his descendants would resurrect him. Curwen died in the eighteenth century, and Ward was born in the twentieth, but strangely the two look almost exactly alike. It is implied that Curwen meant for this to be the case.

Ward studies Curwen’s techniques, locates his remains, and manages to bring him back from the dead. Curwen, though, does not see eye-to-eye with Ward. The young man’s refusal to accept or participate in Curwen’s unethical methods soon leads to the elder necromancer murdering Ward and impersonating him to cover up the deed. The new “Ward” is so obviously out of place in the twentieth century that he is committed to a mental asylum.

The family doctor, who has been investigating the case, ultimately discovers the truth and confronts Curwen, using the necromancer’s own methods to return him to dust. During the course of his investigation, the doctor had accidentally resurrected an ancient enemy of Curwen’s. The latter’s co-conspirators are soon found dead themselves, and it is implied that this entity was responsible.

Even one of Lovecraft’s more fantastic themes, that of alien beings lying dormant for eons before awakening to menace mankind, is arguably another expression of the two themes already mentioned — civilization versus savagery and inherited evils. The threat the aliens pose is that of savagery overwhelming civilization, while much like the long-term genetic pollution in The Shadow Over Innsmouth, the threat persists unchanged, albeit in a dormant state, generation after generation.

Cthulhu, priest-king of the Great Old Ones (artist’s impression). Image credit: Andree Wallin, 2019.

In “The Call of Cthulhu” we learn that millions of years before homo sapiens emerged, creatures called the Great Old Ones had come to Earth from elsewhere. For reasons unknown, they exist in a sort of suspended animation; although their minds continue to function, their bodies lie still in their houses in a city which has now sunk beneath the ocean. They have strange mental abilities, and have been able to influence the dreams of men, giving rise to many cults around the world who worship them and their priest-king Cthulhu. This influence over humanity began at the beginning of civilization, and even when the Great Old Ones have lost contact with them, the cults still pass on their strange traditions. Thus it is another example of a long-term inherited evil.

Many of the cultists are so primitive or deranged that they cannot speak, but, from a particularly communicative one, investigators learn that they anticipate a time when they will conduct rituals to awaken the Great Old Ones. At this point mankind will already be in a chaotic and degenerate state, and the aliens, being similarly amoral, will goad humanity on in its mindless violence and hedonism.

At the Mountains of Madness describes an intelligent race called the Elder Things or Old Ones who, like the Great Old Ones, populated the earth long before mankind appeared. Explorers in their former territory in Antarctica find what they believe to be ancient remains of the Elder Things, but learn at the cost of several explorers’ lives that some of the creatures are still alive. Like the Great Old Ones, they have been resting for millions of years, and cause problems for those who wake them up.

The Elder Things not only pose a threat to those who discover them, but represent Lovecraft’s main themes in another way. They had created a race of slaves called the shoggoths, who represent the threat of barbarism and chaos in contrast with the more civilized Elder Things. Even their physical form is chaotic, as they are like enormous amoebas, changing their shape at will. The shoggoths were originally mindless drones, but after millions of years, some developed independent thinking and rebelled against their masters, sparking a war. Ultimately the Elder Things defeated and re-subjugated the shoggoths, although many of their own race were killed in the process. But the shoggoths still pose a threat; the human explorers barely escape being killed by one such creature themselves.

Shoggoth (artist’s depiction). Image credit: Nottsuo, 2016.

Beyond the psychological chaos and decay involved in degenerative conditions like syphilis and dementia, there are other real-world parallels with Lovecraft’s main themes. The most obvious is interracial marriage, now increasingly common, which Lovecraft found repellent and damaging to the gene pool. However, most people at the time shared his view, making the practice quite rare. A more pressing issue was the influence of other ethnic groups on Anglo-American culture.

Lovecraft was very attached to British culture, to the point of even rejecting American English. Partly due to the influence of various immigrant dialects on popular American speech, he considered contemporary trends in the language to be another case of uncivilized influences causing degeneration. He believed that his countrymen should write and speak as the British did, and expressed this view as president of the United Amateur Press Association. His father had held a similar view and affected a British accent, so that he was sometimes mistaken for an Englishman.

Lovecraft wrote during the first decades of the twentieth century, a time during which, as in the present day, immigration was a very prominent issue. Popular opposition to mass immigration was so high that it led to almost all immigration being cut off in 1924, particularly from Southern and Eastern Europe. Many immigrants around this time lived in informally segregated slums which harbored organized crime, and Lovecraft considered such people a barbarous threat to civilization. Today, similar feelings are evoked by “no-go zones” throughout Europe, where many people from alien cultures live without even a pretense of assimilation into the host society. Like the shoggoths, then and now, these unofficial outposts of foreign nations have been created and tolerated due to a desire for cheap labor and left-leaning votes, despite the risks they pose.

Shoggoths represent not only an uncivilized and potentially dangerous underclass, but the replacement of one group of people with others who are fundamentally different and can only imitate the original group’s culture superficially. In At the Mountains of Madness, the human explorers examine the carvings made on the walls of an area of a cavern inhabited by the Elder Things. They conclude that these were the product of a decadent civilization, but soon enter an adjacent area where the artwork is of a very different type. One explorer guesses that this new set of carvings was created after removing an earlier design, and they seem to be a parody of the others, created by tasteless and crude minds. The implication is that they were created by rebellious shoggoths who had invaded an area inhabited by the Elder Things, killed them, and replaced the original inhabitants’ art with their own mockery of it. These creatures had no culture of their own, nor even their own language, but could only manage a primitive imitation of that of their creators.

Of course, the peoples comprising the current replacement migration throughout the West do have cultures and languages of their own, and many would like these to replace those of the native people. They can superficially adopt their host country’s identity – for example, many of the offenders in the Rotherham rape gangs have British passports. But this is only a mockery of British identity, considering what they thought of British girls — members of an out-group to be victimized.

Even when newcomers to the West are not hostile, they are still fundamentally different from the native people, ethnically and culturally. Things like classical music or freedom of speech do not fit equally well in every nation around the world, but are an expression of the psychology of particular peoples. Even if they wished to, others could not carry on the same cultural traditions, whether aesthetic or political, in the same spirit. Only a decadent society, lacking a healthy sense of itself, would welcome them in large numbers. This was a common attitude in Lovecraft’s time, and is increasingly common today.

It is easy to point merely at the most sensational parallels to Lovecraft’s horror in the real world — our own people being preyed on by outsiders in a manner hardly more civilized than cannibalism, for instance. There is surely some kind of curse on our civilization, but the curse is not the atrocities we hear of in the news, but what lies at the root of them.

Everywhere in the West we see a loss of connection with our nation, race, and spirit – everything which would motivate us to set boundaries between ourselves and others and act in our own defense. In their place, we get cheap consumer goods and “diversity.” Lovecraft saw the beginnings of this, calling the modern era “one of frank decadence,” but would have been shocked to see how far it has now advanced. Some say that this is a genetic weakness of Western white people, and in any case many parents pass it down to their children. But our quality of life, and most importantly our spirit, depends on our ability to resist it.

31 replies
  1. Alan Donelson
    Alan Donelson says:

    For a rich and detailed counterpoint to this post, one might read the essay authored by David Kasady and Leaf Garrit, with brief commentary by Miles Mathis []. The paper begins as follows.

    “I’d been researching Lovecraft for a few months before the fake Santa Fe school shooting. In case you missed it, the media reported that 17-year-old “shooter” Dimitrios Pagourtzis was wearing a Cthulhu pin on his trench coat. Cthulhu is one of the best-known god-monsters in Lovecraft’s extensive mythology. This is no careless detail, as we are about to see that Lovecraft was a member of all the same ruling families we’ve encountered time and time again. The Cthulhu pin was a signal among these families, a little tapping of the nose to mark the Santa Fe event as another project.You might object out of the gate to my claim that Lovecraft was “one of them” by saying that Lovecraft’s fiction was totally ignored in his day and he died poor and in relative obscurity.Firstly, he didn’t die poor; they admit he came from a very wealthy family but claim they lost their fortune – a story we’ve heard over and over with these crypto-rulers. It’s just their way of hiding the fact that all famous and successful people come from money and just keep getting richer. Secondly, he was ignored in his own day because he deserved to be. His writing is stilted, unnatural, and devoid of any feeling or character development. It is just a bunch of cardboard people encountering half-baked conceptions of metaphysical terror and then going mad as a result. That’s every short story he ever wrote, and I know because I’ve read most of them.”

    Howe Abbott-Hiss wrote at the end, “It is easy to point merely at the most sensational parallels to Lovecraft’s horror in the real world — our own people being preyed on by outsiders in a manner hardly more civilized than cannibalism, for instance. There is surely some kind of curse on our civilization, but the curse is not the atrocities we hear of in the news, but what lies at the root of them.”

    I suggest that, at the root of all this cursing through the ages, you’ll find the families that promote Lovecraft to this day!

    • Leon Haller
      Leon Haller says:

      Your credibility here, if any existed, just suffered a massive hit. The facts of Lovecraft’s biography are well established, and his literary status, like his popular presence, has never been higher. He has several collections of his stories in Penguin Classics, and his complete stories (or most of them, as I recall) in the canonical Library of America. As a premier ‘genre’ writer in the field of horror, his reputation is immense and secure.

  2. tito perdue
    tito perdue says:

    Irrefutable analysis. I believe the demise of America – I give it about twenty years – will prove to have been a result of Jefferson’s lunatic theory of human equality.

    • Jud Jackson
      Jud Jackson says:

      Jefferson did not believe in racial equality. The sentence in the Declaration must have meant that the white colonists in America were equal to the King and white people living in England. I wish he had not put that sentence into the Declaration as it is easily mis-interpreted to mean racial equality. Jefferson was a slave owner after all and in his “Notes on the state of Virginia”, he makes clear that the races are not equal.

      • Achilles Wannabe
        Achilles Wannabe says:

        Right, Jefferson has to be forgiven if we do him the decency of contextualizing him in his time He could never have imagined that his phrase would be interpreted as “racial equality” It took another 150 years for that kind of loonyness to be self servingly perpetrated by Jews

      • Leon Haller
        Leon Haller says:

        Correct. See the Chapter entitled “Laws”. Jefferson was not the origin of modern American egalitarianism, even if he was less aristocratic in his inegalitarianism than Washington or Adams.

  3. Gerry
    Gerry says:

    And in America we have the mysterious Mothman of Virginia???? The more significant matter is X-Files which is surely no joke of Hollywood but is an actual dossier in places like MI6 and CIA etc etc. Don’t think for one minute that these organizations since the end of WW2 haven’t been engaged in investigating the spiritual and of course taking UFO phenomena very seriously. Can’t begin to imagine what those secret files may hold? And America is looking to do what? Create a Space Force? Yeah, doesn’t the bible talk extensively about demons and dragons even mentioning as the author does above about some having been imprisoned for a future day of release?

    ““Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” So the four angels, who had been prepared…, were released to kill a third of mankind.” Revelation 9:14-15

    Imagine Mothman’s more powerful than this Virginian bug?

    Job though has the best explanation period!!!!!!
    Job 41 especially the last verses 33 and 34

    The more one moves away from Christ the more these creatures become powerful.

  4. Sue
    Sue says:

    Ethnic whites have been morally corrupted, their institutions irrevocably subverted and their religion infiltrated,it’s dogmas corrupted by those who abhor not just its existence, but also the fact that Christianity is at the heart of the excellence of our civilization, and the most effective bulwark against moral depravity. This deliberate dismantling of white people has been 3 centuries in the making, with quislings co-opted along the way, who would obligingly sell their souls (and countrymen) for power,wealth, status and other temporal trinkets the diabolical manipulators would dangle before them. The schemers have grown in influence,enough to exert open warfare, reveal their methods and plans with no fear of retribution. The voice of ethnic whites has been systematically muzzled by instruments of the State – and the clowns manning them. That the State treats its citizens as the enemy to be repressed, subdued, silenced and even annihilated, should come as no surprise – we are in a post democratic era, where global techno-fascism reigns supreme. Humans are dispensable, intelligence considered a threat, religion abhorred and our collective humanity,the very essence of our being, a target for necessary elimination.Only zombies are slated to inherit the new order, alongside their demonized perverted masters. Short of a trans-national revolution by white people, a bold rejection of multiculturalism and alien religions, as well as forcible repatriations (in Europe mostly,since black Americans have earned the right to call America their home)of alien races back to their parents’ countries of origin, our collective goose is cooked. Well, it’s too late to undo Oliver Cromwell’s damage, indeed it is unfathomable to repeat the expulsions of the medieval era. There’s not enough religious fervor to reignite the famous crusades of old. There’s a dearth of moral capital to lift this generation out of the morass of perversions it wallows in. This is the demise of a civilization. We might as well compose dirges.
    To quote W.B. Yeats,
    “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand…..”

    • Pollynkorect
      Pollynkorect says:

      Unfortunately, Christianity has within it the seeds of destruction for civilizations that embrace it most whole-heartedly. Racism and self-defense are incompatible with Christianity. Ultimately, the best followers of Jesus end up crucified, just like their Master. Maybe they inherit eternal life in the afterlife, but in this life they end up losers.

    • Leon Haller
      Leon Haller says:

      Well said, but not quite true. The West is shrinking, geographically as well as demographically, but to survive, it needs to shrink some more, and across both vectors. All is not lost. What is needed is radical white preservationist (WP) geographical and spiritual ingathering. Vast legions of whites are racially apathetic, if not outright ethnomasochists. From a collective evolutionary perspective, they are maladapted to this current bottleneck, from which only the racially strong will emerge with their genomes intact. Given the ideology of miscegenation, and the proximity of endless hordes of nonwhites, it is only a matter of time before all racially indifferent white genomes will be subsumed into a general mongrel morass.

      I say good riddance! I know whites who are insanely (no other descriptor) racially cuckholded. You should see some of the whiners this very day on FB. Hysterically denouncing any empirical deviation from the “”gentle giant’ George Floyd murdered by white racist cop” narrative. Insisting that the mass looting, while [barely] regrettable and not “the answer”, is an inevitable product of centuries of “systemic racism”, instead of simple terrorism (antifa) combined with even simpler opportunistic robbery (thugs), abetted by the liberal-enforced collapse of basic law enforcement (and to think I had a limited partnership with one of these fools back in the late 90s!).

      For our race to survive, the saner portions of it must segregate ourselves, physically and psychically, from these diversity cultists. Speaking only of America (perhaps also Canada – for Europe, I demand total expatriation of all racially non-indigenous), WPs must continually gather into a handful of states (mainly Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Dakotas – would love to grab Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, too; perhaps more …), all the while working “from the inside out”, intensifying our understanding of white identity, mentally separating ourselves from “American” mass “culture”, and stockpiling the necessities for future [comparatively] split-second revolutionary action. We must do this at an accelerating pace, even as we patiently await the propitious moment to declare and defend our several-state secession from Amerikwanzaa. This scenario is not likely, but neither is it impossible. I believe it is our only hope to preserve classic white civilization anywhere in North America (maybe a sovereign Quebec, too, though I don’t know; just possibly also a more settled and seceded Alaska).

    • pterodactyl
      pterodactyl says:

      “the fact that Christianity is at the heart of the excellence of our civilization,”
      Another argument is that white people would have been successful without Christianity, and the West only adopted Christianity because a religion that said ‘let us all co-operate and be nice to each other and behave ourselves’ – such a religion appealed to the basic natures of the white race, and the reason it appealed to them is that they were genetically disposed to want to co-operate and make stuff rather than to form gangs and kill each other to gain advantage, with this latter mode of living being more in line with the Indian and African and Arab way of thinking. So the religion that endorses rape and pillage appealed to the Indians (Pakistanis) and arabs, whereas the race that opposed it appealed to us.
      And now you could say that Christianity is our downfal, as it gives moral endorsement to the enemy-within when the enemy-within say that everyone on the planet is equal in the eyes of God, so an African is the same as us, so if we invite them all over to the West, everything will turn out right in the end as they are basically the same.

      • Leon Haller
        Leon Haller says:

        I don’t accept your view, although it is undeniable that Whites have been superior without Christianity (though I argue that the Faith made us much better). Christianity today is not real Christianity; it is “theistic liberalism”, which means in today’s liberal context, the primacy of the diversity cult + a vague belief in God (as opposed to antifa terrorists, who are sick atheist diversitist whores – the very worst persons in the world; ideally, hog feed). That institutional Christianity today is nauseating does not mean that it must be so. Rather than jettisoning the Faith, it would be more proper to liberate it from the theological falsehoods associated with diversitism, which is a rival to Christianity, when the latter is truly grasped. Christianity forbids (as far as I can tell) racial plunder and genocide, not self-defense against external (or imported alien) aggressors.

        Christianity is NOT “liberalism + God.”

  5. someone
    someone says:

    Lovecraft is often criticized and debated due to his racial views, which I don’t remember being the case until the past ten years or so (a lot of things were not the case until smartphones and social media made them so).

    The World Fantasy Award statuette used to look like Lovecraft, until he was cancelled:

    “In August 2014, author Daniel José Older started a petition to change the World Fantasy Award statuette from a bust of Lovecraft to one of African-American author Octavia Butler. Kevin J. Maroney, editor of The New York Review of Science Fiction, also supported the call for the WFA to be changed from Lovecraft’s face, suggesting it be replaced with a symbol representing the fantasy genre. Maroney argued this should be done ‘not out of disrespect for Lovecraft as a writer or as a central figure in fantasy, but as a courtesy to generations of writers whom the WFA hopes to honor.’ In response to the campaign, the board of the World Fantasy Awards announced in September 2014 that it was ‘in discussion’ about the future of the award statuette, and in November 2015 it was announced that the World Fantasy Award trophy would no longer be modeled on H. P. Lovecraft.”

    The developers of a game called SMITE recently had this to say about including Cthulhu:

    “One final note: Just as we reject the ancient Mayan tradition of ritual human sacrifice, we reject the racist and homophobic ideas espoused by H.P. Lovecraft. We believe that Cthulhu has grown beyond its creator over the past 100 years. We welcome Cthulhu to SMITE, not Lovecraft; racism and homophobia have no place in SMITE, period.”

    Lovecraft Country is the name of the overall setting Lovecraft developed for his stories, but it’s also the name of a 2016 novel and its upcoming TV adaptation:

    “Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.”

  6. Leon Haller
    Leon Haller says:

    Is the timing of this post a joke? America has had a civil war declared upon us. The nation is in black underclass + communist flames. And this is the topic of the day?

      • Pierre de Craon
        Pierre de Craon says:

        Be fair, Eric. Mr. Haller’s evident frustration is far from groundless. We are witnessing the baptismal ceremony of the US police state, yet TOO commenters are not among those invited to attend, let alone KM.

        Surely it stands to reason that if the (((Establishment’s))) electoral base, the thuggish black population, can be permitted to loot, riot, and murder as implicit payback for another hyperfictionalized atrocity, a small—and contrary to the new norm of late hereabouts, laudably brief—murmur of protest from a brother-in-arms can be understood and forgiven.

    • Leon Haller
      Leon Haller says:

      BTW, I LOVE Lovecraft. I’ve read everything, with some of the longer works (Mountains of Madness, Charles Dexter Ward) read many times. I don’t know why I like him so much, something about his writing (its essence captured so well by Samuel Francis in his famous Chronicles essay from 1997, I think it was) appeals to the souls of displaced Anglo-Nordics. I will read this essay tonight.

      I just think we ought to be discussing the CIVIL WAR that has been declared against White America by ghetto thugs and antifa terrorists, with full connivance of Democrats. Sad end to America, but maybe the opening for bringing yet more millions to the idea of the all-white ethnostate.

      Diversity – The God That Failed.

      • TJ
        TJ says:

        [posted zero hedge]

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        The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers.The pandemic blanketed the planet though disproportionate numbers died in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America, where the virus spread like wildfire in the absence of official containment protocols. But even in developed countries, containment was a challenge. The United States’s initial policy of strongly discouraging citizens from flying proved deadly in its leniency, accelerating the spread of the virus not just within the U.S. but across borders.

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  7. Fenria
    Fenria says:

    Excellent parallels. Lovecraft is one of my favorite authors. “The Dream Cycle of Randolph Carter” being my most enjoyed of his works. An incredible piece of fantasy that brings together so many characters in the Lovecraft-verse. I have no doubts that Lovecraft would find today’s world incredibly degenerate and rife with the lowbrow ruffian types he inhabits all the squalid places of ill repute with in his writings. “The Horror at Red Hook” is a prime example of Lovecraft’s understanding of how dysgenics and mass immigration ruin something that was once proud and august, and his revenge in that story is befitting of how so many of us feel today.

    • Jerry Cornelius
      Jerry Cornelius says:

      Horror at red hook is indeed a telling story. At a guess after HPL came back from New York.
      I think Americans should be proud to have Lovecraft and Poe amongst them.

  8. Transvaal Boer
    Transvaal Boer says:

    Lovecraft’s view of the African American’s can best be gleaned from his poem “On the Creation of Niggers”, of which the text is available online. However, and more with regards to the immigration crisis of the West (though with the USA in particular), I refer to his 1912 poem, “Providence in 2000 A.D.” (Providence being the city in Rhode Island). It ends with the WASP, now a stranger in his own country, lamenting:

    “Who art though, Sirrah?” I in wonder cry’d;
    “A monstrous prodigy,” the fellow sigh’d:
    “Last of my kind, a lone unhappy man,
    My name is Smith! I’m an American!”

  9. Jerry Cornelius
    Jerry Cornelius says:

    I am happy to see a piece on HPL. I have mentioned a few times about Lovecraft here on OO. How the leftists on the basis of 3,000 signatures changed the ”Howie” the statue as a prize for horror literature (as said above) funny how it changed to a Black feminist woman Octavia butler {I read the first page of a ”Sci-Fi” novel by her and on the first page ”Racism” had become galaxy-wide! never mind if you are a ten-foot slug who speaks British, The Blacks suffer the most, universe wide[after the Jews that is] ).ST Joshi the HPL biographer walked out in disgust. The HPL readers count in The Millions, yet 3,000 leftists change things.
    I will leave a few quotes ……
    ”it is not so much that the country is flooded directly with Jewish authors, as that Jewish publishers determine just which of our Aryan writers shall achieve print and position. … Taste is insidiously moulded along non-Aryan lines—so that, no matter how good the resulting body of literature may be, it is a special, rootless literature which does not represent us”HPL..

    ”There is a great and pressing need behind every one of the major planks of Hitlerism—racial-cultural continuity, conservative cultural ideals, & an escape from the absurdities of [the Treaty of] Versailles. The crazy thing is not what Adolf wants, but the way he starts out to get it. I know he’s a clown, but by God, I like the boy!”

    “The population of [New York City] is a mongrel herd with repulsive Mongoloid Jews in the visible majority, and the coarse faces and bad manners eventually come to wear on one so unbearably that one feels like punching every god damn bastard in sight,”

  10. pterodactyl
    pterodactyl says:

    “which leads it to disregard the natural boundaries between groups of people.”
    The white people do have an innate instinct to preserve their tribe/borders, but this is not strong enough for it to influence their voting practices at present. They care more about conforming to current culture, conveyed to them via their TVs. Current culture tells them that they must never, ever favour their own, as that would be ‘racist’.. although it is okay for *all non-white* races to favour their own.

    This is the core of the problem, identified by Kevin MacDonald, namely that whites prioritise culture, whereas other races prioritise race, and, whites being the superior race, this causes whites to trigger their own 15% who are wired to hate the superior wherever it is, including their own people, for genetic reasons, so whites trigger their own 15% to turn on themselves. for the ‘offence’ of being superior. Other (tribes) readily join in the attack that white lefties instigate on white people.

    The hatred of the superior has its genetic origins in prehistoric times when it could, in certain circumstances, be advantageous in terms of natural selection. Those wired to be takers not makers would have an additional boost if they also had a hatred of those they took from. This would give them peace of mind as they raped and pillaged. It would not help if they were hindered by having standard morals. A balance would have been reached between the proportion of takers and makers, an equilibrium, similar to host/parasite equilibriums. Too many takers and there is nothing left to steal, too many makers and they become easy pickings.

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